- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Members of the House and Senate minorities are planning hearings of their own, citing frustration with the lack of progress during the special session.

The 30-day special session called by the governor began April 28, after lawmakers passed a partially funded budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. Days later, lawmakers voted to recess floor sessions until Tuesday.

With no budget deal and no other bills to vote on, technical sessions, for which quorums aren’t needed, are planned Tuesday in Juneau.

In the House, support is needed from the Democratic-led minority to tap a reserve fund to cover costs of government. However, there remains an impasse.

Budget hearings so far haven’t included public comment. Minority-led public hearings on issues like the budget and Medicaid expansion are planned starting Thursday.

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